However, the journal entry explains the study provided more information than anticipated, as data from the first four years of the DES project helped to uncover hundreds of small objects – ranging in distance from 30 astronomical units, close to Neptune’s orbit, and 90 astronomical units (AU) away from the sun.According to Space.com, scientists hope to adapt this new methodology to aid in their mission to find the theoretical Planet Nine and other undiscovered planets.
“There are lots of ideas about giant planets that used to be in the solar system and aren’t there anymore, or planets that are far away and massive but too faint for us to have noticed yet,” said physicist and astronomer Gary Bernstein from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Making the catalog is the fun discovery part,” Bernstein added. “Then, when you create this resource, you can compare what you did find to what somebody’s theory said you should find.”
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This new study puts astronomers on an exciting path towards discovering even more about the galaxy far, far away.
As we know, the Star Wars fictional universe has been steadily evolving for years. From the battle-strewn wastes of Jakku to the lush beaches of Scarif, the recent sequel trilogy and franchise spin-offs have introduced many new planets to the Star Wars solar system.
For more on these galaxy-building worlds, check out our rundown of every new planet Introduced in the Disney Star Wars movies or read about The Rise of Skywalker’s hidden planet Exegol and find out more about the classic Star Wars planet that appeared in Episode IX.
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Alternatively, for more on the real-world discoveries, check out the new method MIT engineers have identified to deflect asteroids, read about the mini-moon that was found to be orbiting Earth, and find out more about the sad fate that an asteroid belt may face in six billion years.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.